Department News 03-05-18

Mary Stuart opens this Friday night in the Margetts Theatre! In a new version by Peter Oswald, this historical drama follows the fictitious relationship between Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth as they grapple for the throne of England. Directed by Stephanie Breinholt, the play approaches a variety of themes, such as power, femininity and kinship, through an encounter between these rulers. Don’t miss out; buy tickets to this show today! For easy access to show times and purchasing tickets, click here. Watch for the news release in YNews tomorrow!

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Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) will be visiting BYU this week with a concert Thursday night, March 8.  For tickets, click here.  He will also be giving a forum the same day that both sides of the department are encouraged to attend from 11 -11:50 am in the Madsen Recital Hall. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the top composers of musical theatre.  From Wikipedia:

“…Menken is an American musical theatre and film score composer and pianist who is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010) and Sausage Party (2016), among others. He is also known for his work on musical theatre works for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of these are based on his Disney films, but other stage hits include Little Shop of Horrors (1982), A Christmas Carol (1994) and Sister Act (2009).  Menken has collaborated with such lyricists as Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Stephen Schwartz and David Zippel. With eight Academy Award wins (four each for Best Score and Best Song), Menken is the second most prolific Oscar winner in the music categories after Alfred Newman, who has nine Oscars. He has also won eleven Grammy Awards, a Tony Award and other honors.”

Student News

Playwriting student Andrew Justvig’s full length play script, Dance with Me, which was workshopped in WDA last year, was selected as a semi-finalist in the 4th annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting.  “The award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre” (from the ATHE website).  A maximum of 150 plays university level play scripts from all over the nation are accepted for submission, with only about 25 scripts making it into the semi-finals.

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